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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Springtime Essential Oil Cleaning Recipes!

Courtesy of RMO, I stumbled upon their Springtime cleaning recipes! 
They are running a sale on the oils we typically use in the spring; sale ends on the 25th of April. ;0) The recipes are conveniently given for each room in your home.  *I noted many of these I actually have made and used; like the first one, only I didn't add the castile soap (occasionally, I'd add Dawn). So, give these a looksie, they are just basic old fashioned recipes with our favorite oils added for more umph!
Note: The links to the Essential Oils will be in orange; first Doterra and then RMO. Whatever company you buy from is fine. I'm currently experimenting with various brands myself. ;0)
Cleaning Recipes for the Bedroom
At the end of the day, bedrooms are often one of the most neglected spaces in a home because guests rarely see them so the motivation to clean is lowered. This shouldn't be the case, however, since this is a place where you (hopefully) spend seven or more hours each day! Transform your bedroom into a tranquil retreat with these cleaning recipes created especially for your space.
Just Like A Pro’s Window Cleaner
·         2 cups Rubbing Alcohol
·         1/2 cup White Vinegar
·         1/2 teaspoon liquid Castile Soap
·        *Note: DoTerra link first, then RMO link for essential oils needed to make the recipe. 
15 drops https://www.mydoterra.com/ShoppingCart/index.cfm?FuseAction=CategoryShop&CategoryID=42 or Citrus Blend
·         Water
In a large bucket, combine alcohol and vinegar. Add enough water to make 1 gallon. Add Castile soap and essential oils and stir gently to combine. Pour into a spray bottle and shake well before every use. Spray on windows and wipe clean with a soft, dry cloth. Good to use on outside windows as well as inside.
Spicy Potpourri
·         2 drops Nutmeg
·         Peel of 1 orange
·         Optional: Leaves, wood shavings, cleaned and dried fruit stones (peach, plum and apricot), dried flowers, cinnamon sticks, clove buds, whole nutmeg, etc.
Combine all ingredients in a plastic bag and let sit for a few days so the aroma can settle in to all of the potpourri ingredients. Put in container of your choice. can add extra drops of essential oils as the aroma fades.
Refreshing Mist Spray
·         4 ounces pure water
Add all ingredients to a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Shake well before every use. Spray the room several times over a couple of hours. Good to clear out stale odors as well as cigarette smoke.
Cleaning Recipes for the Living Room
Living rooms are a great gathering place for friends and family. Establish a welcoming atmosphere with a clean space enhanced by essential oils. Use these recipes to get rid of germs, stains and stale air and help your home become a refuge from the outside world.
Mirror Bright Cleaner
Combine all ingredients in a plastic spray bottle and shake well before every use. Clean mirrors with it using a dry cloth or towel.
Magic Carpet Cleaner
Put the soda in a polythene bag or glass jar with a lid. Add essential oils and mix well. Seal bag or jar tightly and allow oils to permeate the baking soda for at least 24 hours. Sprinkle over carpet, leave for at least 30 minutes before vacuuming.
Room Disinfectant Mist Spray
Combine all ingredients in a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Liberally spritz room to clean the air. Can also use it to wipe down counters.

Cleaning Recipes for the Kitchen
The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home. Whether you're cooking meals for your family, having late night talks with your children or hosting a dinner party, you want your kitchen to be clean. To help make that process easier, try one of our cleaning recipes with essential oils! From wiping down counters to ridding your sink of soap scum and leftover food, RMO has you and your kitchen covered.
Ready-to-Use Kitchen Wipes
·         1 cup Water
·         1 ounce Liquid Castile Soap
In a sealable container, add formula and store multiple squares of soft cotton cloth or cellulose sponges. After use, they can be washed and returned to the container. Keep it tightly sealed in between uses.
Fruity Dishwashing Blend
·         Liquid Castile soap
Fill a clean 22 ounce plastic squirt bottle with castile soap (diluted according to directions if using a concentrate). Add the essential oils. Shake the bottle before each use. Add 1-2 tablespoons of the liquid to the dishwasher and wash as usual.
Sink Scrubber for Stains
·         1/4 cup Borax
·         1/4 cup Baking Soda
·         3/4 cup Vinegar (for rinsing)
Combine the Borax, baking soda, and essential oil in an airtight container and shake well to blend. Keep closed and allow to sit for 24 hours. Sprinkle a small amount of the powder into the sink and scrub with a damp sponge. Rinse sink with vinegar, then run hot water for 5 minutes.

Cleaning Recipes for the Bathroom
When it comes to dreaded chores, the bathroom is often a leading source of stress. From mildew growing on the shower walls to stubborn stains in the toilet bowl, the bathroom has a lot of cleaning opportunities that aren't very enticing but must be done.
To help you get the job done, we assembled a list of our staff's favorite bathroom recipes that use essential oils. Your house will be sparkling in no time, and you can rest easy knowing you didn't expose your body or family to harmful chemical cleaners in the process.
Tile/Grout Cleaner
·         1 cup Baking Soda
·         1 cup Borax
Place all ingredients in a large, glass measuring cup and mix well. Pour into a large container with a lid. (Can be an old yogurt or detergent tub.) Label container. Apply with a natural bristle brush for best results.
Toilet Cleaner
·         1 cup distilled Water
·         1/2 cup Liquid Castile Soap
·         1 cup Baking Soda
·         1/4 cup White Vinegar
Mix all ingredients into a large measuring cup. Be careful when you add the vinegar because the whole thing will fizz up. Pour into a squirt bottle and use for the toilet bowl, rim and seat.
Sink/Counter Cleaner
·         Lavender Soft Scrubber
·         3/4 cup Baking Soda
·         1/4 cup Powdered Milk
·         1/8 cup Liquid Castile Soap
·         Water
Combine baking soda, milk, castile soap, and lavender oil in a plastic squirt bottle. Add just enough water to make a smooth paste. Shake or stir to mix. Apply to surface, then wipe area clean with a damp sponge or cloth. Rinse well.
Mold Buster Formula
·         1 cup White Vinegar
·         1/2 cup Water
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to mix before using. Spray mixture on surfaces where mold is present and allow to sit for a few hours. Spray again and allow to dry. Do not rinse.

Cleaning Recipes for the Hallway
Hallways are the veins of your home, ushering pets, guests and children to the various rooms. With all that traffic, the hallways can gather fingerprints, dirt and remnants of snow sludge. To keep your space clean and walkways clear, try one of these recipes that utilizes essential oils instead of harsh chemical cleaners.
All-Purpose Citrus Wall Cleaner
·         1 cup water
·         1/2 cup Vinegar
Combine all ingredients in a plastic spray bottle. Shake vigorously before each use. Lightly spray the affected areas of your wall and wipe with a clean, damp sponge.
Citrus-Scented Wood Floor Wax
·         1 cup Linseed oil
·         1/4 cup lemon juice
·         2 tablespoons grated Beeswax
·         2 tablespoons Carnauba wax
Place linseed oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice, and waxes in a double boiler over low heat. Stir constantly until completely melted and smooth. Add essential oils. Remove from heat and pour the mixture into a clean coffee can and allow to harden.
Once the wax has hardened, tap the sides of the can until the wax breaks free. Turn out the wax and gently rub it into the floor, like a crayon. Saturate a cloth with lemon juice, wring it out, and rub wax tracings well into the floor. Buff with a clean, dry cloth.

Cleaning Recipes for the Office
Whether you're tidying your home office or freshening up your workplace, these recipes use essential oils to get your office clean and ready for work.
Easy Breezy Glass Cleaner
·         1 cup Water
·         1 cup White Vinegar
Combine all ingredients in a small spray bottle and shake well before every use. Spray lightly onto a cleaning cloth and wipe surfaces until dry. Good for monitors, glass surfaces of printers, etc.
Basic Office Dust & Germ Buster
·         2 cups Water
·         1 cup White Vinegar
Combine all ingredients in a plastic spray bottle and shake well before every use. Spray directly onto a dry cloth and wipe surfaces clean.
Cleaning Office Phone
·         2 tablespoons Water
Blend all ingredients in a small bowl or cup. Moisten a soft cloth with this solution and clean the telephone receiver. Use a second cloth to dry it off.

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